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Backpack trip tells geologic story of Grand Canyon

When I first peered into the layer cake that is the Grand Canyon several years ago, I was surprised to spot a continuous strip of green between a grayish section and a red-brown one. "How could so much shrubbery grow in the desert Southwest?" I wondered as I stood at the edge of the South Rim.

Home & Garden

Home Fix: Fixing moisture issues with the crawlspace

Q: I have lived in this 75-year-old house for over 20 years. This year is the first time I have noticed condensation on the living room windows. This room has a crawl space while the rest of the house has an unfinished basement with heat and air to it. Seems the basement is much damper than usual this year as well, and I found some surface mildew on items down there.

Home & Garden

A Bainbridge Island home of quiet design embraces entertaining, birding and being

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. - Melanie and Shannon do dining out right. Seated at an exquisite marble-inlay table just steps from an enticing fireplace, they sip and sup to the picturesque goings-on of glistening Rich Passage. Submarines glide by en route to the naval shipyard. Bremerton ferries navigate the narrow, deceptively deep strait, to and fro. Dolphins frolic. Eagles perch. Remnants of an old Mosquito Fleet pier stagger from the water, resolutely refusing to yield to time or tide.

Travel

Jamaica's sweet lodgings over the water, atop the sea

(A big deal is happening: the first overwater bungalows in the Caribbean were to open Dec. 2. Similar to overwater bungalows in French Polynesia, Jamaica's Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay has figured out how to put the romantic lodgings safely in Caribbean waters. We got a sneak peek and the chance to be among the first test guests to stay overnight in one of the most romantic lodgings in the world.)

Home & Garden

Yardsmart: The care and keeping of cactuses

Early American pioneers always knew the north side of the tree produces moss. In the woods, this knowledge saved many lives. In drier climates of North America, it's the barrel cactus that is our most reliable orienteering plant for barren desert conditions. Here, each one will lean to the south to access the maximum amount of sunlight year-round. The lean is so reliable that Ferocactus cylindraceus, a common native is called "compass barrel."

Home & Garden

Yardsmart: This holiday season, put away the poinsettia and try these bright, tropical plants

Traditional Christmas decor isn't for everyone. There are alternatives to poinsettia and holly that may work much better with your style. Bromeliads are among the most brightly colored, exotic, tropical flowering houseplants. While many are small air plants or epiphytes, the highly decorative potted bromeliads originate in the depths of South American jungles. They are adapted to perch in the crotches of jungle trees and cover canyon walls.

Videos

Romancing the home: Ruston property returns to the '40s

Laureen Skrivan, president of restoration company Wren and Willow, gives a mini-tour of a Ruston property being stylishly remodeled with 1940s flair.
Drew Perine dperine@thenewstribune.com
Romancing the home: Ruston property returns to the '40s 1:39

Romancing the home: Ruston property returns to the '40s

Adorable baby panda attempts to roll itself over 1:11

Adorable baby panda attempts to roll itself over

The Farmstead Creamery produces local goat cheese 1:46

The Farmstead Creamery produces local goat cheese

WATCH: Basement transformed into amazing vintage movie theater 3:36

WATCH: Basement transformed into amazing vintage movie theater